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  • Francesco A. Aprile, Anne Dhulesia, Florian Stengel, Cintia Roodveldt, Justin L. P. Benesch, Paolo Tortora +4 others
  • 2013
Oligomerization in the heat shock protein (Hsp) 70 family has been extensively documented both in vitro and in vivo, although the mechanism, the identity of the specific protein regions involved and the physiological relevance of this process are still unclear. We have studied the oligomeric properties of a series of human Hsp70 variants by means of(More)
NMR spectroscopy plays a major role in the determination of the structures and dynamics of proteins and other biological macromolecules. Chemical shifts are the most readily and accurately measurable NMR parameters, and they reflect with great specificity the conformations of native and nonnative states of proteins. We show, using 11 examples of proteins(More)
Long-range correlated motions in proteins are candidate mechanisms for processes that require information transfer across protein structures, such as allostery and signal transduction. However, the observation of backbone correlations between distant residues has remained elusive, and only local correlations have been revealed using residual dipolar(More)
We review the role conformational ensembles can play in the analysis of biomolecular dynamics, molecular recognition, and allostery. We introduce currently available methods for generating ensembles of biomolecules and illustrate their application with relevant examples from the literature. We show how, for binding, conformational ensembles provide a way of(More)
The misfolding of proteins into amyloid fibrils constitutes the hallmark of many diseases. [1] Although relatively few phys-icochemical properties of protein sequences—charge, hydro-phobicity, patterns of polar and nonpolar residues, and tendency to form secondary structures—are sufficient to rationalize in general terms their relative propensities to form(More)
  • Maria F. Mossuto, Anne Dhulesia, Glyn Devlin, Erica Frare, Janet R. Kumita, Patrizia Polverino de Laureto +4 others
  • 2010
Identifying the cause of the cytotoxicity of species populated during amyloid formation is crucial to understand the molecular basis of protein deposition diseases. We have examined different types of aggregates formed by lysozyme, a protein found as fibrillar deposits in patients with familial systemic amyloidosis, by infrared spectroscopy, transmission(More)
Residual dipolar couplings (RDCs) are unique probes of the structural and dynamical properties of biomolecules on the sub-millisecond time scale that can be used as restraints in ensemble molecular dynamics simulations to study the relationship between macromolecular motion and biological function. To date, however, this powerful strategy is applicable only(More)
In estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer patients, metastatic relapse usually occurs in the lung and is responsible for the fatal outcome of the disease. Thus, a better understanding of the biology of metastasis is needed. In particular, biomarkers to identify patients that are at risk of lung metastasis could open the avenue for new therapeutic(More)
The partial unfolding of human lysozyme underlies its conversion from the soluble state into amyloid fibrils observed in a fatal hereditary form of systemic amyloidosis. To understand the molecular origins of the disease, it is critical to characterize the structural and physicochemical properties of the amyloidogenic states of the protein. Here we provide(More)
It has been suggested that Phi-values, which allow structural information about transition states (TSs) for protein folding to be obtained, are most reliably interpreted when divided into three classes (high, medium and low). High Phi-values indicate almost completely folded regions in the TS, intermediate Phi-values regions with a detectable amount of(More)